OMAHA (FWAA) – Five semifinalists for the
2016 Outland Trophy were named on Wednesday
night by the Football Writers Association of America
and were featured during a reception here, where the
trophy presentation banquet for the 71st Outland Trophy winner
will be held in January.
The five semifinalists – all offensive linemen – in
alphabetical order, are: Pat Elflein, Ohio
State; Cody O’Connell, Washington State;
Ethan Pocic, LSU; Cam Robinson,
Alabama; and Connor Williams, Texas.
Elflein is a 6-3, 300-pound senior from Pickerington, Ohio, who previously played
guard, but is a center this season for the nation’s
second-ranked team. O’Connell is a behemoth 6-8, 354-pound
junior guard from Wenatchee, Wash., who helps trigger Washington State’s high-octane
offense which ranks second in the country in passing with
quarterback Luke Falk. Pocic, a 6-7, 302-pound senior center
from Lemont, Ill.,
anchors the line for LSU’s potent rushing game, which is led by
Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice. Robinson, a 6-6, 310-pound
junior from Monroe, La., is the top offensive tackle on the No. 1-ranked team in
college football that produces 492.2 offensive yards per game.
Williams, a 6-6, 288-pound sophomore tackle from Coppell, Texas, blocks for
the leading rusher in the FBS in yards per game, D’Onta Foreman.
The five semifinalists will be whittled down to three
finalists and announced on Tues., Nov. 22, during The Home Depot College
Football Awards Nomination Special, starting at 3 p.m. ET on
ESPNU. The winner of the 2016 Outland Trophy will be announced
Thurs., Dec. 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards on
ESPN, the main show beginning at 7 p.m. ET, live from the National
Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The Outland Trophy is named after the late John Outland, an
All-America lineman at the University of Pennsylvania in the
late 1800s, is the third-oldest player award in major college
football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. It has
been awarded to the best interior lineman in college football on
offense or defense since 1946 when Notre Dame’s George Connor
was named the recipient.
For the 20th consecutive year, the presentation of the
Outland Trophy will occur in Omaha, on Jan. 11, 2017, at a
banquet sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. At the
same banquet, Oklahoma offensive lineman Greg Roberts will
receive an Outland Trophy. Roberts was the 1978 winner of the
award before trophies were handed out by the FWAA. His Oklahoma
coach, the legendary Barry Switzer, will receive the third
annual Tom Osborne Legacy Award during the evening.
The Outland Trophy is a member of the National College
Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA encompasses
the most prestigious awards in college football. The 22 awards boast
more than 700 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit ncfaa.org
to learn more about our story.
Founded in 1941, the Football Writers Association of
America consists of 1,400 men and women who cover
college football. The membership includes journalists,
broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives in all
the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern areas
that include game-day operations, major awards and its annual
All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its
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The Greater Omaha Sports Committee, founded
in 1977, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, consisting of more
than 900 men and women from the City of Omaha, the State of Nebraska,
and others. The membership serves to communicate, develop, initiate
and promote sports activities in the Greater Omaha sports area.
In addition to the Outland Trophy Award Dinner, the Greater Omaha
Sports Committee promotes high school, college, and professional
sports in the Greater Omaha area and the Midwest.
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